On February 3, the Seanad passed a law allowing for adult criminal convictions to be wiped clean. The legislation is now contained in the “Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016. It says a single conviction will become spent after seven years, provided the sentence imposed was non-custodial or for a term of a year or less. After seven years the offender is no longer obliged to reveal the conviction, and it will not necessarily appear on a Garda vetting disclosure.
Read the Sunday Times article : No Justice in eternal criminal records